INDYCAR followers worldwide love speaking concerning the collection and its proficient drivers and groups, discussing something from present efficiency to enjoyable “what ifs?”
The writers at INDYCAR.com are not any totally different.
With that in thoughts, it’s time to introduce a brand new roundtable dialogue for INDYCAR.com. The three panelists have totally different views however share a ardour for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and its occasions. They’ll talk about and analyze matters all year long, hopefully stimulating thought and dialog for readers and possibly a couple of laughs.
Curt Cavin has labored each Indianapolis 500 since 1988 and lined every of the System One and MotoGP occasions, plus the primary 23 NASCAR occasions, held on the iconic monitor throughout his reporting days at The Indianapolis Star.
Paul Kelly’s motorsports expertise is much more various, having labored in editorial and public relations in Indy vehicles, sports activities vehicles and drag racing since 1993. He additionally lined NASCAR, short-track and motorbike racing as a newspaper reporter in upstate New York within the late 80s and early 90s and is the Speedway’s resident MotoGP and Isle of Man TT freak.
Zach Horrall is clearly the beginner of this group, however his love for the game is deeply rooted, rising from a childhood ardour to a reporting job in faculty at The Indianapolis Star, overlaying the Indianapolis 500, NASCAR and drag racing earlier than becoming a member of IMS in 2019.
Immediately’s query: What are you most wanting ahead to about non-public INDYCAR workforce testing Jan. 18-19 at Sebring?
Curt Cavin: Jimmie Johnson’s participation is the plain reply, and Scott McLaughlin’s transition might be fastidiously watched when Group Penske heads to Sebring in a few weeks. However for me, an undervalued transfer of the offseason was Alex Palou’s to Chip Ganassi Racing. The Spaniard confirmed promise final 12 months at Dale Coyne Racing, typically racing stronger within the second race of the doubleheader. Can he take the following step? I additionally suppose Marcus Ericsson’s second 12 months with Ganassi’s workforce is price particular consideration.
Paul Kelly: Man, there are a variety of intriguing angles to keep watch over subsequent Monday and Tuesday at Sebring. Curt and Zach point out some good storylines to comply with amongst many. However my eyes might be on Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Arrow McLaren SP on the previous Florida airport racetrack. These groups made large steps ahead in 2020 and seem like the almost definitely candidates to develop the collection’ “Massive Three” of Group Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport to a “Incredible 4” or “Ferocious 5.” RLL returns with its lineup of reigning Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal, whereas AMSP welcomes Felix Rosenqvist from Ganassi to its full-season lineup, becoming a member of Pato O’Ward. The rising high quality of RLL and AMSP is simply one other reflection of simply how deep and aggressive INDYCAR might be in 2021.
Zach Horrall: I’ll have a cautious eye on the AJ Foyt Racing teammates. It’s no secret the Foyt vehicles have struggled currently, however the addition of Sebastien Bourdais to the workforce and his spectacular fourth-place end within the 2020 season finale at St. Petersburg make me surprise if the long-lasting workforce hit on one thing. Can Bourdais proceed with the tempo he had in October, the place he certified seventh? I’m additionally desirous to see how Dalton Kellett performs after a 12 months of highway programs beneath his belt. I’ve been eagerly ready for this duo to show whether or not St. Pete was a false daybreak or the beginning of a brand new period for the legend. Now, it’s time.